Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Cherokee Wisdom...

OK, I'm an Australian of Scottish descent and I have no cultural links to Cherokee people, so I can't claim any ownership of this, but I read it recently and I think the universal truths encapsulated here are worth repeating.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said: 'My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.'

The grandson thought about this for a minute and asked his grandfather, 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied,
'The one you feed.'

1 comment:

Liz Fielding said...

That is so profound, Barbara. And so true...